Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Wetzel’s Pretzels promotes its president to CEO

Jennifer Schuler plans to work to grow the quick-service chain.


Primanti Bros. hires its 1st CMO

Adam Golomb, previously of the Giant Eagle grocery chain, will lead the casual-dining chain’s marketing strategy.

Geoff Hill of Roark Capital was tapped to head the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Each organization also announced its new slate of directors.

The company veteran and former CFO will assume operating leadership of the global KFC division.

The appointment was one of several high-level executive changes intended to position the steakhouse operator for growth.

Schultz announced he would run as a “centrist independent,” setting off widespread debate about what that might mean for the future of Starbucks and the country.

The moves come the same day the chicken-and-biscuit chain’s acquisition was finalized.

Darren Des Roches was named COO and Michael Sadowski was named CMO.

The former fine-dining chef will implement the chain’s new Northwest Fresh menu.

The company says it's on track to generate $1 billion in sales within five years.